University of Chester Degree Show – 15/06/2017

 

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Sarah Bretherton  – Flowers

I fell in love with these pieces straight away. I love any type of art that features flowers, either real, fake, or decaying. The vase piece was filled with a few different types of flowers that were complete dead and decaying, or just starting to wilt, with some others looking still slightly fresh but some how preserved in time. The vase piece brought ideas to mind of a flower arrangement that had been forgotten about and left to wilt and disintegrate. I guess that is the sad side of watching beautiful flowers turn to mulch. The presentation of the flowers in the homemade plaster vase is a huge contrast to the intricate flowers. The heavy appearance of the vase with the neutral tones of the natural material, I feel complements the arrangement of the decaying bouquet. I think that the way the piece was displayed in the exhibition drew attention to the flowers over everything else about the pieces.

 

 

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Nathan Lowndes  –  ‘What makes a painting?’

These pieces were created under the investigation and exploration of  ‘what makes paining?’.  I was drawn to these sculptures almost right away, as the first thing that sprung to mind was ‘deconstruction’ (later reading the artists statement to find I was right on that matter) He has taken the materials that are found in a regular painting e.g. the wood for the frame, the canvas fabric and the paint. And re-invented them so that the ‘painting’ can be viewed in the way you would normally look at a sculpture/installation.  It is questioning what catagory this collection of pieces would be put into, wether that be a painting or a sculpture piece. My favourite part about this collection is how the artist has decided to display them, some pieces being hung up on the wall (as would a painting) , but also moving into a position that they are free standing.

 

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Reem Al-Barazi – ‘Hanging’

 

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Clare Owens (Masters) – ‘If repetitive practice creates a space what sort of space is it?’

Expanding on the field of drawing in relation to repetition, abstraction, monochrome and minimalism.

 

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Jill Walker (Masters) – Painting  fields and the paths

 

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The Hepworth Gallery & Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Wakefield – September 2016

 

The Hepworth Gallery – 

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Richard Smith – Logo Suite, 1971 (set of 10 vacuum formed plastic prints)

This series caught my eye straight away, because they are very much like my own style, in terms of the colour pallet and playful design. At first I thought that these pieces were flat, but looking closer, each piece is raised slightly which is from the vacuum form process of creating the shape.

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David Storey – Extracts from sketchbooks, 2006-2012 (paper, pen,pastel,crayon, watercolour,inks,acrylic paint)

The pictures above don’t really do this room any justice, but anyway it was filled with 7 shelves that were all full of these small drawings, paintings and doodles. Each one lined up to the next and every single design was different. All of the pieces were taken out of the artist’s sketchbooks from 2006-2012, and as well as these, there was a display case with more sketchbooks on show, including an iPad, which featured more doodles that could be scrolled through. There were so many drawings, that after I finished looking around the rest of the gallery, I went back to this room just incase I had missed something.

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David Storey @ The Hepworth Wakefield

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Barbara Hepworth – Winged Figure, 1961-2 (Aluminium, with Isopon for surface texture)

This enormous Hepworth piece took up nearly half of the room, and it was quite overwhelming for me standing underneath it. As soon as I saw it, it did remind me of a pair of wings, which funnily enough was right after looking at the sculptures information. I liked the use of the aluminium bars that were crossing across the sculpture, for some reason this reminded me of a nest that was intertwined.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – 

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Henry Moore (open air bronze collection) – Two Large Forms, 1966-69

I think this was one of the first large scale Henry Moore sculptures that I have ever seen. It was set in the park with a collection of bronze sculptures all by Moore, and placed in a way so they could interact with the surrounding landscape. I loved walking around and through this sculpture, even just standing directly in the centre of the piece, felt like you were safe and protected from the outside. wether this was the intension on this piece or not, I’m not entirely sure.

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KAWS – Final Days, 2013(wood)

KAWS @ the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Not Vital – Moon, 2015 (stainless steel)

I don’t really know too much about this sculpture as I couldn’t seem to find the information plate for it. Anyway I loved this piece, it was fun to see your own reflection on the moon, even if it was slightly distorted by the shape. And running your fingers over the craters indented all over was strangely pleasing.

More images from the day….

 

 

 

 

 

This summer….(2016)

The galleries/museums that I’ve visited this summer:

Chester 3rd year Degree Show – Chester

TATE – Liverpool

The Walker Gallery – Liverpool

Bluecoat Gallery – Liverpool

Warrington Museum and Art Gallery – Warrington

The Atkinson – Southport

Birmingham Museum and Galleries – Birmingham

Ikon Gallery – Birmingham

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Wakefield

Hepworth Gallery – Wakefield

 

 

 

Bluecoat Gallery – Liverpool August 2016

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Jamie Green – At first you break windows, then you become a window yourself – 2015
(Wood, expanding foam, castors – dressed by Debenhams personal shopping service)

These were three funny sculptures that looked like piles of marshmallow, or pieces of a rain cloud. The main material used was expanding foam, which created the odd fluffy shapes. I loved how they were dressed in clothing that were hanging off certain sections of each sculpture. Each sculpture had 2-3 garments attached to them.

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Jamie Fitzpatrick – The King – 2015  (pigment wax, sterling board, polyurethane foam)

This was the strangest sculpture I’ve spotted at the Bluecoat gallery. It was sat on top of a pedestal, and positioned in a reclining nude like stance. And when I found that the name of this piece was ‘The King’ I thought it suited it perfectly. I wasn’t sure of what to make of this sculpture at first, but the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me. And I appreciated how long it would have taken to melt the wax all over this piece.

Walker Art Gallery – Liverpool August 2016

John Moores Painting Prize 2016

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Karl Bielik – Sunday 2015 (oil on canvas)

I really like the simple composition of this painting as it was the first to catch my eye in the exhibition. I think this is because, compared to the other paintings, this one was the least busiest, and didn’t fill the whole of the canvas. I especially enjoyed the mix of colours painted together like scoops of ice cream that were melting and dripping down the canvas. The black sharp lines, that I think almost resemble a skeletons ribcage, balance out the heavy application of colour on the left of the piece. At first, I felt that this piece wasn’t completely finished, however I think I only felt that way because of the other heavy and bold paintings that surrounded it in the room.

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Ben Cove – Freeloader 2014 (oil on panel)

This painting was one of the smaller ones in the room, but surprisingly not the smallest altogether. The colour scheme worked perfectly and is very much something I would use in my own work. The 3D painted aspects, that almost act as a border complement the shapes in the middle which are flat,  but still have a textured look to them. The highlight and shadows are painted so well that it had me looking around the sides of the panel to see where the painting continued. I feel like the artist has created an optical illusion by painting this way. I was overall really impressed with this piece, especially the perfectly smooth application of the oil paint.

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Simon Williams – A bout portant 2015 (Alkyd oil on canvas)

This was another interesting piece, firstly because it was painted with Alkyd oil, which is something I’ve never heard of, so instantly made me want to look it up. Secondly the intense black background which I thought was unusual but I found effective. I liked the application of the oil paint, which I think creates a fluidity and movement to the piece.